We should take politics, peace, economy into our own hands as citizens, as is now the case in Mali

After strong nationwide protests, the Malian government had to resign: It is one of the biggest gold exporters in the world. It is the sixth poorest country in the world. Hunger has grown massively. The destruction of the Libyan state by NATO countries has washed violence into Mali and destabilised that country too. The old Malian elite was closely linked to the former colonial power France. The country needs time to end this violence and to build up new political forces by its citizens. The forces that don't want to give Mali this time, so that the old old rope lines prevail in premature elections, are now trying to block this new founding process. France, the EU, the USA and their partner states in West Africa have decided to impose tough sanctions, even though it is clear that these will increase poverty, bring even more violent groups into the country and increase the number of people fleeing the country. This proves once again: the Western bloc is concerned with maintaining its power, its control over Africa and, above all, its raw materials and markets, not with reducing the causes of flight or terrorism. And for the exploitation of raw materials, they seek to cement the power of the small elite that secures them access to these markets and raw materials. Or, as in Libya, to overthrow those who don't work in order to then get the raw materials through cooperation with militias. The elites in these countries, when they function, live well and get their share of the cake, while the majority of people in Africa have no social security and no real prospects of a life like the majority of people in Western countries.


We cannot expect either the African elites or the profiteering forces in Western countries to change this. Privileged people have very rarely been committed to justice for all.


But that is no reason to give up on this goal. One just has to know: If we want to achieve it, we need the unity of the people who today do not have their rights. They must begin to take this world into their hands, to deal with what they are not being educated about: To organise the economy and the state themselves so that they work for all and not just for privileged minorities.


To this end, we should defend and enforce the civilisational achievements that humanity has gained, especially after the Second World War - even if sometimes only on paper: The prohibition of war and violence in the UN Charter, the social, cultural and political human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Civil Pact and UN Social Pact.


It was decided to build a world in which no one has to live in misery and fear any more, because everyone has human rights. As in Mali, however, we will need a re-foundation of our countries and the world, directly supported by the majority of the people themselves.


With our campaign "Fix our countries, Fix our World" we want to contribute to this. If you feel the same way, you can tackle it together with us: info@internationale-friedensfabrik-wanfried.org, info@initiative-blackandwhite.org. We are taking up the initiative and idea from Ghana: There, the non-partisan and grassroots democratic movement Fix the country has been formed in the past months!


Tomorrow, on 23 January, we will hold a webinar on this topic at 7 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3216854044



And if you think that's not possible, take a look at Bertold Brecht's admonition:


Herr Keuner and the Newspapers


Mr Keuner met Mr Wirr, the campaigner against the newspapers. "I am a great opponent of newspapers," said Mr Wirr, "I don't want newspapers."


Mr Keuner said, "I am a greater opponent of newspapers: I want other newspapers." "Write me on a piece of paper," Mr Keuner said to Mr Wirr, "what you demand so that newspapers can appear. Because newspapers will appear. But demand a minimum. If, for example, you allowed bribes to produce them, I would prefer it than if you demanded incorruptibles, because then I would simply bribe them to improve the newspapers. But even if you demanded incorruptibles, let us begin to look for them, and if we do not find any, let us begin to produce them. Write on a piece of paper how the newspapers should be, and if we find an ant who approves of the paper, let's start right away. The ant will help us more to improve the newspapers than a general cry about the incorrigibility of the newspapers. For it is more likely that a mountain will be removed by a single ant than by the rumour that it cannot be removed."


If newspapers are a means to disorder, they are also a means to order.


Our goals of banishing wars, resolving all conflicts peacefully, and creating humane living conditions for everyone worldwide were already adopted by the states in 1945 in the UN Charter (1), in 1948 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2) and in 1966 in the UN Civil Covenant (3) and the UN Social Covenant (4), and the Basic Law is formulated in this spirit (especially Article 1). They are also worked out as models in the Civilisational Hexagon (5) as an orientation for peace workers.




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